Skincare is therapeutic. Just taking the time to cleanse and nourish your skin is rejuvenating. But it is equally important to know which skin care practices suit your skin health and the proper technique to do them.
In this article, Lolita brings you all you need to know about the ultimate exfoliation experience – dry brushing. When it is done right, skincare relaxes the body and mind. And if you are someone who enjoys a thorough exfoliation, this blog is just what you need!
What is Dry Brushing?
Dry brushing is massaging your skin with a dry, stiff-bristled brush. It is an age-old natural exfoliation technique that can do wonders for your skin when done regularly. It helps get rid of flaky skin, improves blood circulation, and detoxifies your skin.
Benefits of Dry Brushing
Dry Brushing has quickly gained popularity as a method of exfoliation because of the benefits it offers your skin. Some of them are –
- Detoxify: Dry brushing unclogs the pores and detoxifies your skin. Unclogging pores helps your skin sweat to eliminate toxins in your system. The natural movement of the brush on your skin improves the circulation of blood and lymph fluids in your body.
- Stimulation: Dry brushing works on your nervous system and stimulates it. It has a similar effect as a massage and helps you feel invigorated.
- Glow Up: Dry brushing can make your skin feel smoother and softer; you can feel the difference even if you have done it just once. It helps your skin look brighter and more radiant.
- Gentle Exfoliation: Dry brushing is usually gentler on your skin compared to a body scrub in the shower. It exfoliates your skin without any chemicals or hot water that can rob your skin of its moisture.
What’s the Proper Way to Dry Brush My Skin?
Everyone’s skin is unique, and your exfoliation needs may differ from others. So, Lolita would advise you to err on the side of caution whenever you try something new on your skin. Here are some tips –
- Choose a long-handled brush with bristles stiff enough for your skin to handle.
- If your skin is too sensitive, start by using a dry washcloth and slowly transition to a brush.
- If you notice any redness or rashes, stop dry brushing right away.
- Do not dry brush any areas of your skin that are cut, burnt, broken, or if you have any moles, warts, or raised bumps.
- If you find that your skin feels irritated or inflamed after dry brushing, stop the process for a few days. Then try again with a softer brush.
- Do not dry brush sensitive areas of your skin such as the face, inner thighs, nipples or pubic area.
How to Dry Brush Your Skin?
- Start with your feet or ankles and work your way upwards. Keep your strokes long, smooth and fluidic when working on the limbs.
- Next, work the brush on your torso and back. Use circular motion here.
- Lighten up the pressure when working on sensitive areas like your neck or breasts.
- Do not scrub one area of your skin for too long as it may result in redness or irritation.
- Take a cold shower immediately after dry brushing.
- Don’t forget to moisturize your skin after the shower.
Go ahead, buy yourself a brush and try dry brushing at home! Dry brushing is a natural method of exfoliation that does not expose your skin to harmful chemicals or external substances. Once you find the right brush and hone the skill of exercising the right pressure, you are bound to enjoy the results.